“Humbled For A New Book Review By OnLine Book Club – My Book “Addicted To Dimes” – 3 Out of 4 Stars!

I was a little nervous when my book got chosen to be reviewed by a large online book club. Why? Because most times the reviewer may not be an addiction/recovery genre typical reader of these types of books, let alone a memoir. I can honestly say the reader chosen was both honest and got most of the points I made sharing my life story that included gambling addiction and my road into recovery journey. She also gave some points to help my writing in future books. But I will let you be the judge of the Book Review I was given…

Official Review: Addicted To Dimes

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GA Porter – [Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Addicted To Dimes” by Catherine Townsend-Lyon.]

Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a memoir about the author’s personal battle with gambling addiction. The book explores the author’s past experiences and decisions which eventually culminated in a financially and emotionally devastating addiction and the difficult ordeal of the recovery process. The author is open and honest about her mistakes, her family dysfunction raised in, and past abuse, and the long-term consequences gambling has had on her marriage and friendships.

The first section of the book is an introduction to the author’s early life. She grew up in a dysfunctional family and suffered abuse at the hands of her parents, as well as sexual trauma by outsiders. As a teenager and young woman, the author felt stifled by her mother’s overbearing control, particularly in controlling her own hard-earned money. She outlines decisions she made and relationships she began while searching for a replacement “unconditional love” that she did not receive from her parents. The hardships of her early life may have made the author vulnerable to the lure of addiction, and the continuing dysfunction may have added fuel to the fire later in her life and as roots to her addiction.

The author gives the description of her family dysfunction and past to illustrate the person she used to be before the addiction took over her life. The addiction began slowly, but over time grew and drove her to drastic actions. As stress piled on her, gambling became an outlet for her emotions. She also adopted the gambler’s mentality of placing bets to win money she desperately needed to pay bills, but in the end, would lose more money than she came in with and an action of the cycle keeps you chasing your loss. Over the years, the author would borrow money, steal from friends and workplaces, and jeopardize everything she and her husband worked for to maintain her gambling habit before fully committing to the recovery process.

Catherine was inspired to write this book after reading the newspaper of a local woman’s suicide due to gambling addiction and on the news. She wrote this book to give hope to those caught in the addiction that recovery is possible as well as to inspire empathy and bring awareness to others. The recovery process took a long time for the author and she described the “rock bottom” situation that appears to have been necessary for her to fully commit to the recovery process. She describes her own missteps, triggers from family fights, work stress, and some aspects of therapy which were most and least helpful for her. In the end, she appears to have been successful, even if still in financial hardship, and you feel her drive to fight for her life back.

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I rate Addicted to Dimes 3 out of 4 stars. It is heartbreaking to see a woman’s life in ruins and the impact on her husband and friendships. However, a sizeable portion of the book is dedicated more to her family drama which leads to the actual gambling addiction. While I enjoy the author’s honesty and self-awareness, sometimes it feels voyeuristic to see so much into her family life and affairs. The author explains, though, that her “war stories” from gambling were not shared because oftentimes they can be triggering to other people currently fighting the addiction.

The book is instead focusing on the repercussions on her life and how she takes control and accountability. It is also worth bearing in mind that the author is not a professional writer and so sometimes the book reads as a private journal entry which is how her book came to be, from her early year journals in recovery. The author includes phrases such as “OMG!” which can be somewhat distracting. It is also important to remember that this is not a self-help guidebook, but a personal memoir. This book may appeal to readers who are themselves battling a gambling addiction, or any addiction for that matter, or to those who have loved ones affected by gambling addiction.

It may also be noteworthy for people who do not have any gamblers in their lives, but still wish to see how this addiction can be devastating and to see the victims as real people, rather than as statistics, so I highly recommend it.

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“Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat”
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New Release & Now in Paperback “Murder Among The Tombstones”

Lyon Media and Raven South Publishing Announces a New Mystery Suspense Novel Series of Kim Carter…

Murder Among The Tombstones (Book 2 – A Clara and Iris Mystery) by Authoress, Kim Carter

A Clara and Iris Mystery

When Atlanta homicide detectives are called in to investigate the murder of a nineteen-year-old girl found dumped in historic Oakland Cemetery, they immediately begin working the case. But with no leads to follow, and their case log growing larger by the day, the murder quickly grows cold.

Desperate to keep the investigation of her deceased sister going, Ginger Baines hires two novice sleuths to solve the case. Widowed, well into their seventies, and new to the world of private investigating, Clara Samples and Iris Hadley aren’t your average private eyes.
When a second body is found in a neighboring cemetery, the plot thickens. With two bodies wrapped, almost lovingly, in a soft blanket before being discarded in a cemetery, could a serial killer be on the loose?

Joined by their young apprentice Quita, Clara and Iris are determined to stop at nothing to find the killer before they can strike again. But, will their bodies be the next ones discovered among the tombstones? Available on Amazon

 

“She’s done it again!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Jill Lucas

Once again, Kim wove a tale that kept me guessing to the very end. Thought I knew who the murderer was but I wasn’t even close. Loved getting reacquainted with Clara and Iris. Remember Det. Pitts? He’s back, too. Get this book….it’s a great read.

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About the Author

Kim Carter, Author and prolific writer of contemporary mystery, suspense and thrillers introduces her new novel series. She is a fan favorite among avid mystery readers and has an array of released titles relaunching soon for; “When Dawn Never Comes,” “Deadly Odds,” and “No Second Chances.” Now, her novel series titled; “The Clara and Iris Mystery” comes “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” has re-released as book one of the series June 2017, and now book two is available titled; “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES” here on Amazon and published by Raven South of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as shown with the many Amazon 5-Star book reviews given by her reader’s and reviewers. Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.

She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

You can learn more about Kim Carter’s books and connect with her now on GoodReads!

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MURDER Among The TOMBSTONES ~  (Book 2 – A Clara and Iris Mystery) by Authoress, Kim Carter

A Cozy Author Interview With Kim Carter The Prolific Writer of The Clara & Iris Mystery Series. Book 1 & 2 Now Released on Amazon…

Hello and Welcome Readers, Visitors, and Friends!

About Kim Carter:

“I’ve been writing mysteries since 1999 when I became ill and housebound for a couple of years. I always loved reading and figured I’d try my hand at writing. Those novels remained on my computer for years before friends encouraged me to put them in print. It’s been quite the ride! I live in Atlanta, Ga with my husband and three retired Greyhounds.

I have three grown children, no not the Greyhounds, none of which have given me any grandchildren yet. Just adding that, should they read this and need reminding. LOL…. I love sharing my novels with readers and enjoy attending book clubs that choose my novels. It is such a humbling experience to know that someone picked your book to read when there are so many wonderful authors to choose from!”

What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by beautiful and sometimes haunting places.

Tell us about your writing process.
I have the strangest writing process. My books always begin with inspiration from the location where the novel will be set. I initially have a few characters in mind, but they quickly take on a mind of their own, and walk all over me! I never have an outline or ending in mind. I allow the characters to do all the work. As the characters become more complex, I write down details about them on wipe off boards that cover every wall in my office, along with any chronological dates that I may need to refer back to as the book progresses. I also post enlarged photos that will help with detail as I write. I also have a lot of inspirational quotes tacked up everywhere. My office is a disaster, but it works for me. My husband, however, is mortified, and quickly shuts the door every time company arrives.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. Many times I have had all intentions of a character being a certain way, either a villain, or a person with upstanding character, but that often goes out the window as they show their true colors. I allow them to be who they want to be. No, I’m not as big of a nut as I sound… LOL…I do know that they don’t ACTUALLY exist, but I respect them just the same. I cry with them, I laugh with them, and I grieve with them at the end of the book when we must say our goodbyes. It is a very hard day for me when I must wipe off the boards and put them away, only to begin anew.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t rush your writing…. I don’t have set times to write or a quota for the day. I have to be in the right mind set to make it work. I suppose we are all different. And most importantly, NEVER write in uncomfortable clothes. Pajamas work best….. who cares what the UPS or Postman thinks if you go to the door in the afternoon still in your pj’s???

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have done both self-publishing and gone with a publisher. Both have their pros and cons. Do your research and only sign with someone after you have checked references and get a good ‘gut’ feeling!

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What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can’t begin to predict the future of publishing, and e-books are wonderful things, I just keep my fingers crossed that actual, physical books don’t go by the wayside. By far, they are my preference. #oldschoolandproudofit I put old school and a hashtag together. My grown children will be mortified! Ha!

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: Mystery/Suspense Thrillers.

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Paperback

Website(s)
Kim Carter Home Page Link
Link To Kim Carter Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
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It Is Time “Mystery Readers!” Kim Carter Mysteries Release of Book Two ~ ‘Murder Among The Tombstones.’

It is here! The Time Is Here Mystery Readers! My girl Kim Carter has released book one AND NOW BOOK TWO of The Cara and Iris Novel Mystery Series,” dropped titled; “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES!”

Kim is a ‘Mystery Fan Favorite’ among readers and they all have been patiently waiting for her new series. With fresh new book covers and fantastic new publisher, Raven South Publishing for both “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” and “Murder, both reads of this series will blow your mystery socks off!

 

Award-Winning Mystery Writer Kim Carter

And? Hold on to your thriller hats because soon after book two releases? Book one will be on E-Book Special Promo Price too! So let’s learn more about both books and go grab “Sweet Dreams” so you can be ready to read….the continuation of this fabulous novel series…

 

ABOUT Book One – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle now released on 

Waitress Lizzie Headrick thought she had finally met her prince charming in Dr. Grant Chatsworth. She was young and in love, and their quick courtship ended with the four karat diamond engagement ring of her dreams.
 
Now residing in one of Buckhead’s finest estates, Lizzie soon learns all that glitters is not gold. Her handsome husband, a renowned cardiac surgeon, and developer of a new congestive heart failure drug was becoming cruel and controlling. She finds herself captive in the vast expanse of his estate without a phone or car, and under the watchful eye of Flossie who runs the household. 

When Lizzie discovers that Cardiac Care Research, his drug development company, is a Ponzi scheme, she realizes her life could be in danger if she doesn’t somehow escape the gated mansion on the hill. Her only hope is to get to Biloxi, Mississippi and seek refuge with her sister, Maggie. Maggie and her husband, Leland, quickly find a safe harbor for Lizzie in a house on the bayou. However, the house at the end of the street might not be the quiet retreat Lizzie was hoping for. 

As the confines of her hideaway close in on her, she retreats to the small historical cemetery next door where the small, damaged tombstone of a child soon catches her eye and captures her heart. Just when Lizzie Chatsworth thinks her world can’t get any more complicated, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery from the 1800’s that is pulling her in and demanding she seeks justice. 

As her husband’s empire begins to crumble, he’s more determined than ever to find Lizzie and eliminate her. But, will the mystery of the small tombstone shatter Lizzie’s life first?

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ABOUT The New Release ~ “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES”

When Atlanta homicide detectives are called in to investigate the murder of a nineteen-year-old girl found dumped in historic Oakland Cemetery, they immediately begin working the case.  But with no leads to follow, and their case log growing larger by the day, the murder quickly grows cold.

Desperate to keep the investigation of her deceased sister going, Ginger Baines hires two novice sleuths to solve the case.  Widowed, well into their seventies, and new to the world of private investigating, Clara Samples and Iris Hadley aren’t your average private eyes.

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When a second body is found in a neighboring cemetery, the plot thickens.  With two bodies wrapped, almost lovingly, in a soft blanket before being discarded in a cemetery, could a serial killer be on the loose?

Joined by their young apprentice Quita, Clara and Iris are determined to stop at nothing to find the killer before they can strike again.  But, will their bodies be the next ones discovered among the tombstones? Grab your Copy Today!

 

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Early Reviews and Editorials:

“Two crafty septuagenarian widow’s turned private investigators; a crabby Atlanta cop recovering from a gunshot wound, and a cunning killer who dumps his victims rather appropriately in cemeteries. Those are just a few of the zesty ingredients in Murder among the Tombstones, the latest whodunit by Georgia-based mystery writer Kim Carter. It’s a fast-paced, twister of a mystery that keeps you turning pages until the very end.

–Ronald Yates, foreign correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and author of the Billy Battles Trilogy.

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‘A killer crime/mystery novel by the queen of suspense, Kim Carter. Unnerving, exciting, and captivating!’    – Best-selling Horror Author -Wesley Thomas


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“The wait is finally over and Author Kim Carter has blessed the readers with yet another great suspense -filled read. Her dynamic pen is one of the smoothest I have read. I was able to replay her words in my head, creating a consistent, flowing movie full of action and emotion. Carter has a gift for detail, dropping things here and there, just enough to give us a mental picture. She grabbed and twisted me up in her world from the first paragraph till the last.”   ~Lissha Sadler “MZWRP”

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About Kim Carter:

Kim and her husband Julius have raised three beautiful successful grown children and have vested in retired greyhounds, and they enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets they make after retirement.

Kim, a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology. She worked in Human Services in the Grant Division before becoming an author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

 

You can learn about all of Author, Kim Carter’s books, connect with her now on
GoodReads   Twitter and on her  Facebook Fan Page  

 


” Presented to Readers by “Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den! “

Novel Launch For: “The Truth She Knew” By Author, J. A. Owenby.

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*NOVEL LAUNCH FOR AUTHOR, J. A. OWENBY~A PACIFIC NW WRITER*


About The New Novel ~ Press Release:

Publication Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016.
Title: The Truth She Knew, book 1
J.A. Owenby, Author

“This really is an extraordinary story and a must-read for 2016.”
~Brittney Sahin, bestselling Amazon author.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known or finally discovering the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.
The Truth She Knew is available:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cINkd2

Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/29NX8DL

iTunes    http://apple.co/29LelKx

Kobo http://bit.ly/28RjthM

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About J.A. Owenby:

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A prolific writer of award-winning short stories, J.A. Owenby now introduces her newly released full-length novel titled;  The Truth She Knew ~ Book One in this Series.

She’s a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her third full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love by day and a night owl writer by night.

J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.

You can follow the progress of her upcoming novels at New Author Website and on her  Author Facebook Page. Also Connect on Twitter @jaowenby.

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Editorial Reviews:

“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.”
—Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD., Professional Life Coach

“I’m in love!! I could NOT put this down and I read the entire book in half a day! Lacey and Walker are so authentic and easy to relate to. I could see the entire book unfolding, like a movie, in my head. The plot was easy to follow, but not predictable. The descriptions were clear and not long winded. This book, this Author, made me cry, laugh, get angry and get happy. All the emotions you expect and want in a moving, wonderful love story. Great job!
–Nancy Harvey
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Now released and available in both Paperback and the E-book is only $1.99 for a limited time!


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